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This year's schedule for the famous Navaratri Sangeetotsavam held at the Navaratri Mandapam, adjoining the majestic Shri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram has been released. This festival is exclusively dedicated to compositions of Maharaja Swathi Tirunal and features the nine Navaratri krithis of the Maharaja as the main item of the concert on each of the nine days. Here is a special feature on the Navaratri krithis, authored by Carnatica's Dr. P. P. Narayanaswami.

14th October 2004, Thursday (Navaratri Keertanam: Shankarabharanam)

                         Vocal               Madurai T. N. Seshagopalan
                         Violin               S. R. Mahadeva Sarma
                         Mridangam       Thanjavur Dr. T. K. Moorthy
                         Ghatom            Tripunithura N. Radhakrishnan

15th October 2004, Friday (Navaratri Keertanam: Kalyani)

                         Vocal               Professor T. V. Gopalakrishnan
                         Violin               T. V. Ramani
                         Mridangam       T. V. Vasan
                         Ghatam            V. Suresh

16th October 2004, Saturday (Navaratri Keertanam: Saveri)
                         Veena              Ashwati Tirunal Rama Varma
                         Mridangam       R. Ananthakrishnan
                         Ghatam            Udupi Sreedhar
                         Morsing            Payyanur Govindaprasad
17th October 2004,  Sunday (Navaratri Keertanam: Todi)
                         Vocal               Malladi Brothers (Senior): Suri Babu & Narayana Sarma
                         Violin               Parur M. A. Sundaresan
                         Mridangam       Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam
18th October, Monday (Navaratri Keertanam: Bhairavi)
                         Vocal               Padmabhushan Trichur V. Ramachandran
                         Violin               Parur M. A. Krishnaswamy
                         Mridangam       B. Harikumar
                         Ghatam            Adichanallur M. Anil Kumar
19th October 2004, Tuesday (Navaratri Keertanam: Pantuvarali)
                         Vocal               Vechur  C. Sankar
                         Violin               Attukal Balasubramaniam
                         Mridangam       Mavelikara  K. Velukutty Nair
20th October 2004, Wednesday (Navaratri Keertanam: Shuddhasaveri)

                         Vocal               Rudrapatnam Brothers: R. N. Tyagarajan & Dr. R. N. Taranathan
                         Violin               S. R. Vinu
                         Mridangam       Dr. G. Babu
21st October 2004, Thursday (Navaratri Keertanam: Nattaikurinji)
                         Vocal                T. M. Krishna
                         Violin                T. K. V. Ramanujacharyulu
                         Mridangam        Guruvayur Dorai
                         Ghatam             K. S. Karthik

22nd October 2004, Friday (Navaratri Keertanam: Arabhi)

                         Vocal                K. N. Renganatha Sarma
                         Violin                Mysore Dr. M. Manjunath
                         Mridangam        Trivandrum V. Surendran
                         Ghatam             Elanjimel Susheel Kumar

  • Concerts start at 6 pm and end at 8.30 pm sharp.
  • The pieces performed are all composed by Maharaja Swati Tirunal. Preceding the concerts there is the rendering of  tODaya mangaLam  from 5.30 pm to 6 pm by the "Mullamoodu Bhagavatars", traditional musicians attached to the Padmanabha Swamy Temple.
  • Concerts are open to all lovers of music. However, since the Mandapam is a Hindu temple for the duration of the festival, certain rules and regulations apply with regard to seating, attire and timings. These are enforced strictly and are part of the folklore and traditions associated with the event and the venue.
  • For the benefit of those who are not able to be present inside the Mandapam, a loudspeaker is positioned outside, which broadcasts the music to the eastern steps of the Padmanabha Swamy Temple.
  • AIR Trivandrum generally broadcasts highlights of each day's concert at 9.30 pm the same night, i.e. one hour after the conclusion of the actual concert at the Mandapam.
  • For more details, the organizing committee may be contacted via The organizers also recommend the following articles for more information:


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